Today is the big day!
Besides announcing the winners and the honorable mention I'll give you an inside scoop on the judging, I'll point you to yet more zombie luv stuff, and I have an important question to ask at the end of this post, so stick around. ;)
First of all, I'd like to give a big THANK YOU to the judges, Lori Titus, Jodi MacArthur, and Jim Bronyaur, who did a fantastic job! They've helped me not only with the judging, but also with the organization, with spreading the word and whichever issue that arose during the contest. It was through Jim that we got this super cool logo and he even wrote a piece on the theme! Click here to check it out. ;)
Now for the inside scoop.
This is how the judging went: each criterion was graded from 1 to 5, being 1 the lower and 5 the highest score. The winner entry was chosen using a mixture of objective and subjective criteria, weighted as below. The judges' highest weighted averages (above 4.0) were discussed to define the winner entries and the honorable mention. For the honorable mention the judges also considered the poll's result.
Criteria and weighting:
- Weight 1: plot, title, overall quality
- Weight 2: grammar, spelling, pace
- Weight 3: originality
Before the big announcements I'd like to inform you that
Now, the honorable mention will be published here at Randomities tomorrow. We had a hard time choosing, I gotta tell you. Since this story scored very well for all judges, showed up on almost everyone's favorites list, *and* it was the poll's winner, we couldn't award the honorable mention to anyone else but...
For the Love of Mike, by Sam Adamson
Congrats Sam! You popular guy, you, heh.
Come back tomorrow to enjoy this original and funny zombie luv tale! :)
Now to the big announcements everyone is waiting for. Yes, you have not been reading wrong and there's no typo in this post. (hopefully, heh) There were so many entries with a high level of writing skill and originality that we decided for a second place as well, which -- wow! -- is also going to be published at Flashes in the Dark!
Thank you Lori for you generosity! :D
After some discussion with virtual hair pulling and fingers in the eyes, we came to the conclusion that the second place, which comes out next Tuesday, July 26th, at FitD should go to...
Dead Flames, by Angel Zapata
Congratulations Angel! :D
It's time to present you the contest's winner! But first, I gotta tell you that despite the many high quality entries we had no problem choosing. The decision was unanimous!
Soooo, the Zombie Luv Flash Fiction Contest's big winner is...
Many congrats Nishi! *applauses and huge ovation*
Click on the story title to read it at Flashes in the Dark. ;)
Nishi, please DM me with your physical address, so I can send you a brand new paperback edition of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. :)
*pops bottles of prosecco to celebrate all contestants, readers, judges and general zombie luv fun!*
A glass, anyone? ;D
One last thing. I'd like to ask your opinion about something. I was suggested to gather some of the best entries in the judges opinion and publish a Zombie Luv Anthology.
Dear readers/visitors: what do you think about it?
Dear writers/contestants: would you like to have your story featured on such anthology?